Lawsuit, T.E. Duguy, 12/15/1979
Water pollution suit filed The U.S. government filed suit against a Houston man in Galveston federal court Friday charging that he violated federal water pollution laws by attempting attempting to fill in beachfront beachfront property without a permit from the U.S. Corps of Engineers. T.E. Dugey of Houston was named in the suit asking for unspecified penalties because, according according to the suit, Dugey continued the fill project despite a letter from the Corps to halt. Dugey's beach home is located on Sportsman Road. The suit claims that Dugey failed to get a permit to put brick and concrete rubble into adjoining marshes in front of his beach home, prior to April 1978. In June, Dugey admitted in a letter that he had tried to fill in wetlands with rubble, the suit said. Corps photographs of the Dugey beach home in June show that Dugey did not restore the property and, instead, stockpiled fill material on his property, the suit said. Penalties could be up to $10,000 a day during the period Dugey disregarded directives by the Corps. The beach lot owned by Dugey is 75 feet by 50 feet. Federal law requires all persons to apply for a Corps of Engineers permit to add fill material to the wetlands of any navigable waters.